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In the Garden of Beasts Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

ISBN-10: 030740885X
ISBN-13: 9780307408853
Edition: 2011
Authors: Erik Larson
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.75" wide x 4.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review  Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author ofDevil in the White Cityturns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels,In the Garden of Beastslends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.From the Hardcover edition.

Erik Larson was born in Brooklyn on January 3, 1954. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and went to graduate school at Columbia University. Larson worked for the Wall Street Journal and then began writing non-fiction books. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Devil in the White City, which has been optioned for a feature film by Leonardo DiCaprio. He also wrote In the Garden of the Beasts, Issac's Storm, Thunderstruck and The Naked Consumer. Larson lives in Seattle with his wife and three daughters.

Das Vorspiel
The Man Behind the Curtain
Into the Wood
House Hunting in the Third Reich
Lucifer in the Garden
How the Skeleton Aches
Disquiet
Berlin at Dusk
When Everything Changed
Epilogue The Queer Bird in Exile
Coda "Table Talk"
Sources and Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Photo Credits
Index

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